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midnight eastern and 9:00 pacific and one of our guests will be senator john mccain of arizona. it's time now for anderson cooper and "a.c. 360" from port-au-prince. anderson? larry, good evening, everyone live from port-au-prince in haiti tonight. searching for the thousands of americans feared missing here. right now a massive operation under way, largely a recovery operation, sad to say, there is always hope. there's also tonight, we're going to show you what the haitian government does not want you to see. massive graves, what we thought after two weeks would have been sealed but they're not. people are being dumped on the ground and left there to rot. it is unconscionable. later, problems feeting the hungry, anger bubbling over for
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people. people losing patience when food has come, the job is certainly daunting, the question can it be done better? we'll look at that tonight. plus the night before his state of the union address we have a preview from president obama. and a fact that has no doubt take an while to sink in. there's estimates that 4,500 to 5,000 americans are missing here in haiti. many family members don't want the work of the rescue to end. we're going to speak with a woman whose father is missing at the hotel montana. but before we do, i want to show you how things stand. our warning about what we saw today of looking into this story of missing americans, we want to warn you some of what you're about to see is graphic. the search for missing americans
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goes on but in the rubble of the montana hotel it gets grimmer by the hour. >> our intent and our mission is to get everyone that we can. >> and at this point, it's not search and rescue, but it's not -- is it recovery? >> well, recovery is a word, it's a definition. that's what we're doing is trying to recover bodies with respect and dignity and honor. we are trying to recover, not just the people that are here, but recover some sense of closure for the parents and the people and the loved ones and the families. >> it's believed there's still 50 to 60 people buried here. as much as 60 americans among them. this woman is waiting to get word about her 7-year-old son. how are you holding up? >> i have my moments i'm breaking down and i have my moments i have to be strong. we want to either have closure and know what happened, but
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there's a still a glimpse of some kind of hope, i guess, until we, you know, find him. >> so there's part of you that's just holding on to hope? >> yes. >> the names of the lost are written on two small boards. a flickering candle. the hotel montana is a big site in port-au-prince. in other parts of port-au-prince. the dead still strtrapped in rue may never be found. it's likely it's just going to be bulldozed and the truth is that anyone whose body is still inside this rubble is simply going to be discarded along with the debris. the morning after the quake, we were shown the pass ports of an american woman this has been has just lost four maeb members and he cease now worried about
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another family member who's an american, her name is rose margarite olivier and he's afraid she's trapped inside this building. days later, her husband found her corpse in the rubble. he shows me a picture of her remains on his cell phone. after finding her, he says, he briefly left to get a coffin. the haitian bulldozers arrived and tossed her in the back of a truck. >> they threw her out. i couldn't throw out my wife, she's an american citizen. i don't know where she is, it's very difficult. not only did the u.s. government do nothing to retrieve this american's body, they told our office in washington that she had been buried in a coffin in the cemetery. today we went to the u.s. embassy for answers. do you know we would have been
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told state side that this particular woman was put in a coffin and buried? >> we don't know where that information came from. from our point here, we don't know the disposition of the remains. the presumption of the family is that the body was taken to a mass grave. that would seem consistent with the way things are done now. >> the mass graves are just outside port-au-prince, two weeks after the quake, we thought we would find them cleaned up, covered over, but it's much worse than that. the dead are still just dumped on the ground. little effort it seems has been made to actually bury them. american or haitian or whatever the nationality, this is not how anyone expected their dead to be treated. this is now how anyone wants their loved one's life to end. the scene at the mass graves today was simply shocking, we expected after two weeks that the haitian government which has been bringing bodies out there would have at least made the
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effort to bury their own citizens or the americans or whoever these people are they have brought out there. but what we found was literally just bodies in piles. people say, well, the haitian government isn't up to the challenge, that they have no infrastructure and they have been brought to their knees in this tragedy. they're organized enough to have bulldozers and dump trucks. they have a blockade to keep people from seeing it. the haitian government has a lot to answer for what they are doing on the outskirts of port-au-prince where people can't see. we asked for the ambassador to come on the show tonight to asked why they don't even take the effort to put dirt on these people that have been out here for two weeks now. he said you should talk to the people on the ground. they refused to talk about it.
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we talked to the adventure and asked him to come on and talk about it because the government refused. because for the government to treat their own citizens like this and foreign citizens like this, they should have to answer for that. the hotel montana has had rescue crews around the clock and there are people right now that are working with great diligence and great care to bring dignity to those who are inside. students, stephanie crispinelli, courtney hayes, kristen gianacaci and britney gengel are still missing. lauren bruno. her father is missing at the hotel montana.
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your father has had a remarkable career. he served in the foreign service for 21 years. do you feel the state department has done enough to look for him and to reach out to you and the other families? >> i feel like in a situation like this there's no right or wrong, i don't know what can be done. i know that the government was really -- there was no contact with them for the first week. and then this past week, we have gotten more contact and more information. but all we really want is to bring our dad home, however that can be done. and honestly, i don't know what more could have been done because i don't know how to deal with a start like this. clearly nobody does. >> and lauren, i can tell you just personally, i was out at the site today, as you probably know, it's a very difficult site for these folks to work at but they are doing it with great dignity and they are taking it very personally, all the search and rescue people that are
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there. but it's not the scene we are seeing elsewhere in port-au-prince, with bodies just disappears and they really are looking and are doing it around the clock. what do you want people to know about your dad. >> first of all i want to thank all the rescue workers for risking their families for our family members. and i don't think they know how much it means to us as family members. as far as my dad, he was a wonderful person all he wanted to do is make people happy and help people and that's all he did his entire life. that's what he did his entire life, up until the day he died, he was helping people and teaching and i just want to know what a wonderful man my father was. >> have you been to the site? >> they offered to let me go, and i don't think we could
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emotionally deal with it. i know other family members -- >> do you deal with it? >> every day, it's harder and harder, the reality of the situation, sinks in more and more every day and every minute. just the logistics of dealing with financial situations, getting through work, going through my sisters are both in school, getting through their exams, waking up and going to bed every night and every morning is hard when you realize what the reality of the day is going to hold. it's obviously vital for you to bring your father home? >> yes, to me and my family and i have met with the other families and i know for all of us, we need closure, we need to bury our loved ones and i just hope that the government is able to come through and bring our family members home to us so
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that becwe can put them at restd so that they can be with us here in the states. >> i wish you and your family strength in the days ahead. >> thank you. >> a strange situation a couple of hours ago, the 82n't airborne pulled a guy from the rubble downtown near the national c cathedral. the delta company troops they say he was only buried for an hour. a lot of people are buried in the ruins while they're scavenging. the likelihood of somebody being pulled out after 14 days unless they had access to water and food is very doubtful and it was most likely somebody was
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scavenging and an after shock buried him.
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one of the biggest problems in rebuilding the infrastructure in haiti is the water supply. most people do not have access
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to fresh drinking water right now. unicef and others have been trying to set this area up with water. people come and bring jugs, drums, whatever they can to bring water. they line up here, but sometimes the lines are very long, but they're able to get water. long lines are a fact of life in haiti. you see them outside western union. you see them outside of digicell which is the cell phone company here. amid all the rubble, a race has begun to salvage what's left of the nation's garment industry. here's more. >> reporter: haitian workers at
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the garment factory are punching back in, sewing and sending a strong message to their retailers that they're back online. here they make t-shirt t-shirts. for lean tells us that she lost everything in the earthquake, and without this job, she won't have anything for her children. the t-shirt factories here in port ah prince's industrial zone has suffered little damage. unlike george's factory a while away. he's assessing what happened for the insurers. he makes shirts for the athletic and leisure mark. >> the big danger for us is that the buyers start to look somewhere else for the production, then we are dead if that happens. >> reporter: the retail pipe line waits for nothing and no one. so his workers are busy dusting off rolls of fabric because they
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need to get to work again within ten days so that these new balance shorts can get to their walmart shelves. before the earthquake haiti's garment industry was on the verge of thriving recovering from decades of dictator ships, coups and on the brink of restoring democracy here. but now u.s. legislation for haiti amajor boon allows in duty free, quota free imports, major new foreign investment was scheduled just last week, and by last year the workforce had climbed back to 28,000. >> this year we were planning on creating another 25,000 jobs, 50,000 jobs in 2011. >> reporter: significant employment since each job holder supports eight people. and why is this product attractive to the u.s.? a low wage workforce comparable
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to china's, but on its own door step and high quality production say economists. sas saseen wants his country off life support. so he eels told his country's prime minister that an immediate $25 million flexible loan is required to revive his industry. >> this is the water shed moment for haiti. unfortunately, if it costs very much in lives, but at the same time it offers to us haitians an opportunity to get this country back on its right foot. >> reporter: instead of being condemned to the poverty trap of endless good intentions. >> it's amazing that the factory is still going. how much money do the workers make? >> they make $4 a day. it doesn't sound much, but it's
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$1 above minimum wage and it's twice what the majority of people make. when you hear all the officials saying the biggest challenge now is to give some jobs and make some job creation and the gar meant industry could be the backbone of haiti's economy. >> just ahead tonight, 9 million haitians, fewer than 2,000 haitian doctors, dr. sanjay gupta goes looking for the nation's healers. and why are signs going up touting how your tax dollars are being spent in keeping them honest tonight. tore inside jcpenney and at jcp.com. style, quality and price matter. jcpenney.
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on cnn this week we're devoting a lot of our air time to the stimulus project. today the congressional budget office revived the price tag to $885 billion. the number that we're focusing on this week is $275 billion. that's what washington's spending on projects it says will create jobs, your tax dollars footing the bill. so what exactly are they buying? where are those jobs. ali velshi joins me. >> i'm considering the details on 57,000 projects that the government is funding and it would be funny if it weren't so serious. these 57,000 projects are details in here. this stimulus desk here is staffed with people who are
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making phone calls to find out where the money has gone and whether it's resulted in any jobs. now every time we take on a project and try and get an answer to it, we add to our tally. $1.9 billion out of more than almost 300 billion dlrsz that we're investigating. let's go to tennessee, the first one in is tennessee. it's the southeastern community capital corporation. a $2 million grant allowing small businesses which are struggling to get some money to carry on. we're going to find out how much money's been given out, how much businesses have benefitted from that and how many jobs have been created. the other one is sort of in a number of states, but it's very interesting, and i think we might have a problem with this one, even the white house thinks this one is a problem. this is for the purchase of picnic tables in four different
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states, and garbage cans for parks. i'm going to come back in a little while and tell you the details of these projects, how the money's being spent and how the jobs are being created. we're following several other important stories, randy kay joins us for the news and 360 bulletin. in baghdad a deadly car bombing outside iraq's main crime lab leaving it heavily damaged leaving 18 people killed and several others hurt. the federal budget deficit will be $600 billion each year for the next ten years and that is being optimistic. toyota is suspending u.s. sales of eight recalled models to fix accelerator pedals that stick. this recall comes hard on the heels of other toyota recalls for gas pedals that could get stuck under those floor mats. anderson?
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just ahead getting food to those who need it in haiti. it's a crucial job and a top priority for aid groups, deliveries are not happening fast enough. does the delivery system need reworking? also a developing story ahead we're following out of louisiana where democratic senator mary landrieu's office is considering -- straight ahead. breathe right, the small strip that gives you... big nighttime breathing relief... introduces-- drum roll please-- new breathe right extra. the only strip with an extra spring-like band, it's 50% stronger for congested noses that need extra help in opening nasal passages... so you breathe even better. and now get two free samples... and experience a better night's sleep for yourself. go to breatheright.com to try new breathe right extra.
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new gold bond anti-itch lotion gives fast, lasting relief. got an itch? gold bond lotion. the quick fix for almost every itch. all over port-au-prince you find groups handing out food. it's become a lot more organized. this is a food distribution group called action against hunger. hundreds of people have been lined up. each one will get a box filled with high protein biscuits that they can then take home to their family. they're ready to eat, they don't
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need refrigeration, they don't need to be cooked, it's a high protein meal that's ready to go. feeding the survivors, we were at one distribution yesterday, an encouraging sight. two trucks rushed by a crowd. we're going to see more chaos and more unrest if the food doesn't reach the people who desperately need it. you were at that scene, what was it like. >> we got wind of it because we saw hundreds of thousands of people running tree city blocks to get this aid. we saw two trucks only, that started huge pushing against the barricades. these people showed up for something to eat and they end up choking on pepper spray. >> have you been surprised at
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how orderly things are. that seems more the exception than the rule that we have seen. >> today i saw missionaries unloading a couple hundred pounds of food off a plane, they were surrounded by hundreds of people. and not everybody got food, but nobody got violent. it was pretty calm even though there were only a handful of unarmed missionaries. >> gary, what did you do today. >> we toent a forgotten and ignored village. you have to hike down a mountain and the government of haiti tried to condemn the village because it was dangerous because of mudslides before the earthquake. needless to say the bodies are still there and there's been no aid. >> it looks like we had a little power surge or something. >> a power line fell so all the lines are moving so a lot of people went running, so it's fine. >> the first night we had people running on the streets, they
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thought a tsunami was coming and it turned out to be an ugly rumor. >> the power lines fall and it takes people up a little bit. sit back down. it's amazing, there's thousands of people down there that have been there for two weeks now. it's incredible. >> i know there was talk about moving people out of town to a central location, do you guys hear this anymore? >> that's what i was just talking about. the government has a plan to move hundreds of thousands of people into tracks of land outside the port-au-prince metropolitan area. so these people who want to get out of this smaller village but we talked to them about if they knew government the government's plan to move them out. >> you don't see political leaders out on the streets rallying people or talking to people. >> and the other key issue is
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the number of tents. where are these people going to be housed. how long is it going to take to build that even if they do stake out those tracts of land, and that is talking to aid people now is at least to get temporary shelters and temporary tents there. at the first sign of rain, this is going to be a very different picture. people are getting much more desperate as the days go by, not only for food and shelter, but we get the first rains on top of that, it could be a very different picture. >> there's a lot of concern about rain, a lot of houses are perched on hillsides that have been denuded of any kind of shrubbery to keep things from sliding. certainly in the people in the camps, it's going to be miserable. >> there's question about sanitation in these camps. they're going to be wading
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through mud, it would be a nightmare. >> in terms of water, what have you guys seen? most people do not have access to clean or fresh drinking water unless it's either handed out or in sort of these large pumps that have been set up by aid groups? >> i may spin into a different direction. i did look into the direction of trying to get power back, to turn the lights back in this town yesterday. we did see municipal workers out who have been out for more than a week trying to get the substations working. that's a big step forward, because the city is dark right now. the city's initial electric power stations were so bad and poorly neglected that they could only provide about eight hours of power a day to any given neighborhood in this city. >> i have been watching, carl penhall, gary tuchman, appreciate it. >> his school was destroyed, but
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take a road crew -- look at these images, what port ah prince looks like, haiti's medical system was overwhelmed. the quake destroyed all the medical schools in port-au-prince, stranding students midway through their studies. dr. sanjay gupta looked into that problem. >> so you would have been in class that day, but you weren't. if you had been in class, i think everybody probably would have died. >> yes, yes.
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>> but they very much lived and now they have all the vitality of youth. rickaardo and paul roberts. >> the way it works is you go to primary school, then you go to secondary school and the very best students of all go to medical student for seven years. paul roberts was in his fifth year. he was this close to being the first person in his family to ever become a doctor when this all happened. >> that's where you used to sit? >> yes. >> right over there. >> on the other side. >> when you look at your school now, what are you going to do? what is your plan? >> when i see my medical school cut up, it's a bad thing for us. >> what kind of doctor do you want to be? >> i want to be an internist. >> he would be one of two million doctors in a country of
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nine million people. >> many would look at paul robert and say he's lucky, his mother survived the earth quake, his siblings as well. now his future hangs in the balance. >> what are you going to do this year and the year after that? >> i'm going to spend my time to see what i can do for the country. >> so you're saying many of the medical schools here in haiti are destroyed or broken? >> yes. >> so you may have to leave your country? >> maybe, i don't know. >> that's pretty bad news considering how poor the medical system was to begin with here in haiti. here's something that surprised me. even under typical circumstances, haiti only graduates 90 medical students a year giving haiti one of the lowest physician to patient ratios anywhere in the world. and with this, obviously those
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numbers get a lot worse. but for the time being, there is a lot of cam passion here, doctors from all over the world came to help. >> what happens when they leave? >> if they leave, i think it will be very difficult for us. >> but what we know is eventually haiti's medical care and really haiti's future will fall squarely on the shoulders of these kids, kids like ricardo and paul robert. >> i knew it was under staffed for medical care, but what was it 2,000 doctors in a country of 9 million people? >> it's one of the lowest physician to patient ratios in the world. when so many of the country is impoverished are getting into trade labor and not fin nibbing school. >> what about the doctors here, can they help ". >> there's a significant number of doctors who will leave haiti
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and train and come back. >> this these two general surgery twins actually went to france, they wanted to come back and live in haiti. but there's simply not enough doctors and what's happened here is that not only has the number of hospitals gone down, but the likelihood of creating a new generation of doctors here in haiti is very, very limited and i don't know how you solve that problem. >> you aren't going to have a new generation of doctors, but you have going to have a new generation of patients in need. >> if the international aid can make some sort of commitment. there is a venting of compassion right now. people will stick around for the next month or so. but because of what we're talking about, that need is going to be here for a very long time. still ahead, we have some good news about monley after he was rescued after eight days.
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in raw politics, in a developing story we're following out of louisiana, two people were arrested for trying to tamper with the phone number of louisiana senator mary landrieu. it sounds like a movie what's going on? >> it's the louisiana watergate. but one source who's already gotten a readout says it's more like a scene from "saturday night live." the court records say a guy walks into the office of united states senator mary landrieu in a federal building in new orleans says he's waiting for someone to show up and then he takes out a cell phone and starts taking pictures when two
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other guys walk in. the two other guys are in outfits and hard hats, they looked like they were ready to go down in manholes, then they start checking out the office phone desk, they claim they've got to do some repairs, one things leads to the next, a building staffer asks them for credentials. a total of four guys end up getting arrested. one of them is james o'keefe, he's believed to be the same james o'keefe in those controversial videos where he dressed up like a pimp and embarrassed the a.c.o.r.n. community activists. >> do we know what the motivation was behind this? why senator landrieu? >> it's not clear, i don't think there's anybody that believes that the result was going to be flattering to senator landrieu.
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she did put out a statement tonight and said it's very unusual, somewhat unsettling for her and her staff, she said she is as interested as anybody else about learning their motives and purpose and she hopes it will become clear as the investigation goes forward. these guys are in big trouble. potentially they're charged with entering a federal building under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony and they could get ten years in prison. >> before we let you go, the other big political story, obviously president obama's state of the union address. there's always address of hoopla of state of the addresses, but nobody really remembers state of the union addresses much longer than a day or two. >> it is a dramatic moment for this president. it's only been a year, his political opponents have been giving him absolute fits on that
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signature domestic issue, health care reform. you've got congressional midterm elections on the way. he's going to try to sell a spending freeze, we know he's going to address jobs, the economy, health care, the question probably is how far is he going to show independent voters he feels their pain, if you will. because as you know, any time he moves toward the middle, the liberals just a little bit more impatient with him. >> joe, thank you very much. we have eat actually got a crowd of people walking down the street singing. we're not sure what it's about. it looks actually like sort of a religious procession. we actually see that a lot in port-au-prince these days, a of people publicly expressing their faith, a sign of hope, a sign of strength. we're seeing that right now. i'm not sure -- is this camera picking that up? anyway, just one of the many
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things you see throughout the day and night here in port-au-prince. coming up, is it a case of highway robbery? road signs promoting the stimulus plan, you're paying for them, but how does it create jobs. and monley, saved from the rubble after eight days, what's ahead for him? we might have some ideas ahead. [ birds screech ]
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well, as you know, president obama says the stimulus plan is working, the jobs are being created, the economy is recover ing, but is that actually true? now all this week, we're taking a look at the stimulus projects, digging for answers to try to give you the facts, ali velshi joins us to tell us about a couple of government projects, even one the white house says --
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>> we can't really understand why one of these stimulus projects got funded, we are in touch with the white house who the vice president's office and even they agree it doesn't make sense. we are poring through this at the cnn stimulus desk. every time we identify a project we're looking at. we put a mark on this map. the yellow marks are projects that are under investigation, the green marks are something that we have resolution on. a $2 million grant to the capital insurance corporation to nashville, tennessee. it's money that go to small businesses that are having trouble raising money because of tightened credit markets. they say they have received $8.7 million in requests. they have committed $500,000 of the $2 million they have been
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promised. in loudoun county, a nurse practitioner who had a one-room clinic in the small town of loudoun, tennessee. she was turned down for a loan by a banke. but she's getting a loan through this stum plus grant and she's got two additional exam rooms and two part-time nurses assistants. this one's a little trickier, that's a picnic table. this is a story of $110,000 in stimulus grant money, the army corps of engineers buying picnic tables from a company called r.j. comes in iowa. r.j. says they have been selling picnic tables to the army corps of engineers for years but the difference is they have used stimulus money to buy aluminum picnic table in washington
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state, and trash reskeptical and grills in ohio. we talked to the vice president's office. they say this purchase was not in line for the high standards that was set by the president's office for this bill. >> but one project you see how this could be a good use of public funds but the other project not so much. >> that's exactly what we found out. >> we found one stimulus project that sounds like a huge waste of money. maybe you have seen it, it's on highway signs across the country, signs that shamelessly promote the government's recovery practice. >> reporter: we're on our way to see how ohio is spending your stimulus money. our tour guide the republican state senator tim grendell. the bigger signs cost up to $3,000. so ohio is using stimulus money
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to tell you how it's using your stimulus money. >> send a fruit basket if you want to. but don't send -- ohio says ohio is spending $1 million on signs. the ohio department of transportation says this is all about transparency. >> taxpayers want to know how their tax money is being spent. >> why spend $1 million on signage? if the federal highway administration doesn't require these signs but only recommends them, why use them. >> the president made the commitment to have these symbols as part of stimulus funded projects. >> but they're not required. >> they are not required. >> and they cost money. >> what better way to let a taxpayer know where stimulus funds are being invested?
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>> reporter: viner says the $1 million price tag for signs is on the high end, so when we asked him how much does it cost, he doesn't know. >> reporter: shouldn't there be some kind of accounting for figuring out how much this might cost, other than we don't really know, there's no way to tell? >> it's not typical for any department of transportation to have the exact cost on every single construction sign. >> reporter: the money for the signs amounts to about .10 perez. the obama information promised stimulus would create jobs. which brings us here to east lake ohio. this man is the mayor, a democrat, and he's also angry about the signs because for a bit more than the cost of the signs, they could have fixed this road and he says that would have created more than two dozen jobs. >> do you think those signs are
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a waste of money? >> yes, yes, we could have easily done the advertising on the internet or in newspapers. sometimes you're politicians don't understand what a million dollars is. >> reporter: just off interstate 77 in cleveland, there's supposed to be a road paving project underway, we looked around and we didn't find any paving yet, but we did find a sign pointing out that your tax dollars will be paying for the project. it seems before they even start the work, the priority is to get that sign in place. turns out most states are spending stimulus money on signs which could cost taxpayers nationwide $3.8 million, but we called every state and found at least 16 states are skipping the signs and using the money for projects instead. >> at the end of the day, as a public firm, we're accountable for 100 corre hu100 cents on th. we shouldn't waste one penny.
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>> reporter: the signs aren't exactly a stimulus project, but they are of course using about 1 million stimulus dollars, so how much jobs are actually created. turns out making the road signs and posting them on the road did not create any jobs at all, zero, that is according to the contractors we spoke to. our tax dollars at work. >> tomorrow morning can a 5.5 million resort town restoration project be a good use of stimulus aid? you can follow cnn's week-long look at the stimulus plan online, you can go to cnn money.com/stimulus. we have a story coming up about a little boy monley rescued from the rubble last week. monley's parents perished in the quake. we learned tonight that monley's aunt wants to adopt him.
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she lives in florida, she spoke to cnn earlier today. listen. >> i'm sad because of my loss. but i feel happy because i lost my aunt, my sister and my brother and my sister-in-law and i thought monley was one of them too. when i see him, i feel good because i see he's alive. i have monley, i feel good. >> monley has two little brokes, we're not sure what's going to happen. more here on the top of the hour on the search for missing americans, we'll be right back.
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good evening, everyone live from port-au-prince in haiti tonight. searching for the thousands of americans feared missing here. some of them buried where the hotel montana once skood. right now a massive operation under way, largely a recovery operation, sad to say, there is always hope. there's also tonight, we're going to show you what the haitian government does not want you to see. massive graves, what we thought after two weeks after this earthquake would have been sealed but they're not. people are being dumped on the ground and left there to rot. it is unconscionable. and we're going show you what's happening tonight. later, problems feeding the hungry, anger bubbling over for
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people who have not evenen for days. reports of food being tied up by bureaucracy. people losing patience when food has come, the job is certainly daunting, the question can it be done better? we'll look at that tonight. plus the night before his state of the union address we have a preview from president obama. 567 and another installment of our stimulus project. and a fact that has no doubt take an while to sink in. there's estimates that 4,500 to 5,000 americans are missing here in haiti. nearly 5,000 missing americans. many family members don't want the work of the rescue to end. we're going to speak with a woman whose father is missing at the hotel montana. the search there is underway. but before we do, i want to show you where things right now stand. our warning about what we saw today of looking into this story of missing americans, we want to warn you some of what you're about to see is graphic. the search for missing americans goes on but in the rubble of the
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montana hotel it gets grimmer by the hour. >> our intent and our mission is to get everyone, and that's what i told the parents that were here, is to get everyone that we can. >> and at this point, it's not search and rescue, but it's not -- is it recovery? >> well, recovery is a word, it's a definition. that's what we're doing is trying to recover bodies with respect and dignity and honor. we are trying to recover, not just the people that are here, the bodies we recover, but some sense of closure for the parents and the people and the loved ones and the families. >> it's believed there's still 50 to 60 people buried here. as much as 60 americans among them. this woman is waiting to get word about her 7-year-old son. how are you holding up? >> i have my moments i'm breaking down and i have my moments i have to be strong. and still keeping. we want to either have closure and know what happened, but there's a still a glimpse of
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hope is little, but i still have some kind of hope, i guess, until we, you know, find him. >> so there's part of you that's just holding on to hope? >> yes. >> the names of those missing, the lost are written on two small boards, a flickering candle, a constant memorial. the hotel montana is a big site in port-au-prince. there is some chance that their bodies may be recovered. in other parts of port-au-prince, the dead still trapped in rubble may never be found. it's likely it's just going to be bulldozed and the truth is that anyone whose body is still inside this rubble is simply going to be discarded along with the debris. some of those who died have already disappeared. the morning after the quake, we were shown the pass ports of an american woman this has been has
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just lost four family members and he's now worried about another family member who's an american, her name is rose margarite olivier and he's worried that she's trapped inside that building right now. days later, her husband found her corpse in the rubble. he shows me a picture of her remains on his cell phone. after finding her, he says, he briefly left to get a coffin. the haitian bulldozers arrived and tossed her in the back of a truck. >> they threw her out. i couldn't throw out my wife, she's an american citizen. so you don't know where she's buried? i don't know where she is, it's very difficult. not only did the u.s. government do nothing to retrieve this american citizen's body, they told our office in washington that she had been buried in a coffin in a cemetery. today we went to the u.s. embassy for answers. do you know we would have been
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told state side that this particular woman was put in a coffin and buried? >> we don't know where that information came from. from our point here, we don't know the disposition of the remains. the presumption of the family is that the body was taken to a mass grave. that would seem consistent with the way things are done now. >> the mass graves are just outside port-au-prince, two weeks after the quake, we thought we would find them cleaned up, covered over, but it's much worse than that. the dead are still just dumped on the ground. little effort it seems has been made to actually bury them. american or haitian or whatever the nationality, this is not how anyone expected their dead to be treated. this is now how anyone wants their loved one's life to end. the scene at the mass graves today was simply shocking, we expected after two weeks that the haitian government which has been bringing bodies out there would have at least made the
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effort to bury their own citizens or the americans or whoever these people are they have brought out there. but what we found was literally just bodies in piles. people say, well, the haitian government isn't up to the challenge, that they have no infrastructure and they have been brought to their knees in this earthquake and that may be true. they're organized enough to have bulldozers and dump trucks. they have a blockade to keep people from seeing it. we got around that blockade and we saw it with our own eyes. the haitian government has a lot to answer for what they are doing on the outskirts of port-au-prince where people can't see. we calm -- called haiti's ambassador to come on the show tonight and ask why they don't even take the effort to put some dirt on these people that have been out here rotting on the ground for two weeks now. he said you should talk to the people on the ground.
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they refused to talk about it. we talked to the adventure and asked him to come on and talk about it because the government refused. we invite him any time this week to come on and talk about it because for the government to treat their own citizens like this and foreign citizens like this, they should have to answer for that. a group from lynne university was staying at the hotel montana. the hotel montana has had rescue crews around the clock and there are people right now that are working with great diligence and great care to bring dignity to those who are inside. students, stephanie crispinelli, courtney hayes, kristen gianacaci and britney gengel are from lynne university, they're faculty members. lynne university's president will address student, staff and faculty and give them information. lauren bruno whose father is missing at the motel montana is
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with us now. your father has had a remarkable career. he served in the foreign service for 21 years. do you feel the state department has done enough to look for him and to reach out to you and the other families? >> i feel like in a situation like this there's no right or wrong, i don't know what can be done. i know that the government was really -- there was no contact with them for the first week. and then this past week, we have gotten more contact and more information. but all we really want is to bring our dad home, however that can be done. and honestly, i don't know what more could have been done because i don't know how to deal with a disaster like this, and clear nobody does. >> and lauren, i can tell you just personally, i was out at the site today, as you probably know, it's a very difficult site for these folks to work at but they are doing it with great dignity and they are taking it very personally, all the search and rescue people that are there. i don't know if that gives you
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any comfort, but i can tell you it's not the scene that we are seeing elsewhere in port-au-prince, with bodies just disappearing and they really are looking and are doing it around the clock. what do you want people to know about your dad? >> first of all i want to thank all the rescue workers for risking their families for our family members. and i don't think they know how much it means to us as family members. as far as my dad, he was a wonderful person all he wanted to do is make people happy and help people and that's all he did his entire life. up until the day that this earthquake happened, he was helping people and teaching and i just want people know what a wonderful man my father was. >> have you been to the site? >> they offered to let me go, and i don't think we could emotionally deal with it.
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i know other family members -- >> do you deal with it? >> every day, it's harder and harder, the reality of the situation, sinks in more and more every day and every minute. just the logistics of dealing with financial situations, getting through work, going through my sisters are both in school, getting through their exams, waking up and going to bed every night and every morning is hard when you realize what the reality of the day is going to hold. it's obviously vital for you to bring your father home? >> yes, to me and my family and i know to all of the other -- i have met with all of the other lynne families and i know for all of us, we need closure, we need to bury our loved ones and i nope that the government the
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able to come through and bring our family members home to us so that we can put them at rest a so that they can be with us here in the states. >> i wish you and your family strength in the days ahead. >> thank you. >> amend and i wish you get a resolution quickly. >> thank you. >> a strange situation a couple of hours ago a rescue was announced. the 82nd airborne pulled a guy in the rubble doubt near the national cathedral. the delta company troops they say he was only buried for an hour. a lot of people are buried in the ruins while they're scavenging. the likelihood of somebody being pulled out after 14 days unless they had access to water and food is very doubtful and it was most likely somebody was scavenging and an after shock buried him.
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one of the biggest problems in rebuilding the infrastructure in haiti is the water supply. most people do not have access to fresh drinking water right now. in large makeshift camps like this groups like unicef and action against hunger have actually set up these huge bladders filled with water. it connected to a pipe and a tap
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system over here. people come and bring jugs, drums, whatever they can to bring water. they line up here, but sometimes the lines are very long, but they're able to get water. long lines are a fact of life in haiti. two weexz after the quake, you see them outside western union. you see them outside of digicell which is the cell phone company here. amid all the rubble, a race has begun to salvage what's left of the nation's garment industry. now before the quake, clothing factories were on the verge of a come back, but the clock is running and the industry has been dealt a major blow. >> reporter: haitian workers at the garment factory are punching back in, sewing and sending a strong message to their retailers that they're back online. here they make t-shirts. for gap and other well known brands like jcpenney and old navy.
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norleen tells us that she lost everything in the earthquake, and without this job, she won't have anything for her children. the t-shirt factories here in port ah prince's industrial zone has suffered little damage. unlike george sasseen's factory about a mile away. he's assessing what happened for the insurers. he makes shirts for the athletic and leisure mark. >> the big danger for us is that the buyers start to look somewhere else for the production, then we are dead if that happens. >> reporter: the retail pipe line waits for nothing and no one. so sasseen's workers are busy dusting off rolls of fabric because they the need to get to work again within ten days so that these new balance shorts can get to their walmart shelves. before the earthquake haiti's garment industry was on the
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verge of thriving recovering from decades of dictator ships, coups and on the brink of restoring democracy here. but now u.s. legislation for haiti a major boon allows in duty free, quota free imports, major new foreign investment was scheduled just last week, and by last year the workforce had climbed back to 28,000. >> this year we were planning on creating another 25,000 jobs, 50,000 jobs in 2011. >> reporter: significant employment since each job holder supports eight people. and why is this product attractive to the u.s.? a low wage workforce comparable to china's, but on its own door step and high quality production say economists. sasseen who's also president of haiti's manufacturing association wants his country off life support.
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so he's told his country's prime minister that an immediate $25 million flexible loan is required to revive his industry. >> this is the water shed moment for haiti. unfortunately, if it costs very much in lives, but at the same time it offers to us haitians an opportunity to get this country back on its right foot. >> reporter: instead of being condemned to the poverty trap of endless good intentions. >> it's amazing that the factory is still going. how much money do the workers make? >> the majority of them make above minimum wage, $4 a day. it doesn't sound much, but it's $1 above minimum wage and it's twice what the majority of people make. >> and so many people now are out of work who could have a job is a huge thing. >> when you hear all the officials saying the biggest challenge now is to give some jobs and make some job creation and the gar meant industry could be the backbone of haiti's economy.
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>> it's really the construction and hopefully there's going to be a lot of jobs. >> just ahead tonight, 9 million haitians, fewer than 2,000 haitian doctors, dr. sanjay gupta goes looking for the nation's healers. and the stimulus project, and the question, why are signs going up touting how your tax dollars are being spent? keeping them honest tonight. smartchoice rollover ira, e pe and let our professionals manage it for you. just choose the retirement fund closest to your expected retirement date. our fund managers will adjust the investment mi over time to become more conservative as your retirement date nears. all with no loads, sales charges or commissions. visit our website, or call our investment guidance specialists at 1800-681-2294 and consider a move that could make all the difference in your retirement. the t. rowe price smartchoice rollover 1800-681-2294 request a prospectus or summary prospectus
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on this week is $275 billion. that's what washington's spending on projects it says will create jobs, your tax dollars footing the bill. so what exactly are they buying? where are those jobs. ali velshi joins me. >> i'm sitting sounded by ten binders containing 57,000 projects that the government is funding and it would be funny if it weren't so serious. these 57,000 projects are details in here. this stimulus desk here is staffed with people who are making phone calls to find out where the money has gone and whether it's resulted in any jobs. now every time we take on a project and try and get an answer to it, we add to our tally. the total number of dollars under review right now by cnn, $1.9 billion out of more than almost $300 billion that we're investigating.
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let's go to tennessee, we're investigating two projects right now. the first one is in tennessee. it's the southeastern community capital corporation. a $2 million grant allowing small businesses which are struggling to get some money to carry on. we're going to find out how much money's been given out, how much businesses have benefitted from that and how many jobs have been created. the other one is sort of in a number of states, but it's very interesting, and i think we might have a problem with this one, even the white house thinks this one is a problem. this is for the purchase of picnic tables in four different states four different kinds of picnic tables and grills and garbage cans for parks. i'm going to come back in a little while and tell you the details of these projects, how the money's being spent and how the jobs are being created. anderson? we're following several other important stories, randy kay joins us for the news and 360 bulletin. in baghdad a deadly car bombing outside iraq's main crime lab leaving it heavily
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damaged. at least 18 people were killed and several others hurt. the federal budget deficit will be $600 billion each year for the next ten years and that is being optimistic. toyota is suspending u.s. sales of eight recalled models to fix accelerator pedals that stick. the company will also stop some production at five plants starting february 1 to assess the problem. this recall comes hard on the heels of other toyota recalls for gas pedals that could get stuck under those floor mats. anderson? just ahead getting food to those who need it in haiti. it's a crucial job and a top priority for aid groups, but a lot of quake survivors, deliveries are not happening fast enough or often enough a lot of people say. some fights are breaking out over food. does the delivery system need reworking? also a developing story ahead we're following out of louisiana where democratic senator mary landrieu's office phones were allegedly the target
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all over port-au-prince you find groups handing out food. it's become a lot more organized. this is a food distribution group called action against hunger. hundreds of people have been lined up. each one will get a box filled with high protein biscuits that they can then take home to their family. they're ready to eat, they don't need refrigeration, they don't need to be cooked, it's a high protein meal that's ready to go. feeding the survivors, we were at one distribution yesterday, an encouraging sight. two trucks rushed by a crowd. we're going to see more chaos and more unrest if the food doesn't reach the people who desperately need it. you were at that scene, what was it like.
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>> we got wind of it because we saw hundreds of thousands of people running tree city blocks to get this aid. we saw two trucks only, that started huge pushing against the barricades. these people showed up for something to eat and they end up choking on pepper spray. >> have you been surprised at how orderly things are. that seems more the exception than the rule that we have seen. >> today i saw missionaries unloading a couple hundred pounds of food off a plane, they were surrounded by hundreds of people. and not everybody got food, but nobody got violent. it was pretty calm even though there were only a handful of unarmed missionaries. >> gary, what did you do today. >> we went to a forgotten and ignored village. it's a village that you can't
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drive to, you have to hike down a mountain and the government of haiti tried to condemn the village because it was dangerous because of mud slides before the earthquake. needless to say the bodies are still there and there's been no aid. >> it looks like we had a little power surge or something. >> a power line fell so all the lines are moving so a lot of people went running, so it's fine. >> the first night we had people running on the streets, they thought a tsunami was coming and it turned out to be an ugly rumor. >> the power lines fall and it takes people up a little bit. sit back down. it's amazing, there's thousands of people down there that have been there for two weeks now. it's incredible. >> i know there was talk about moving people out of town to a central location, do you guys hear this anymore? >> that's what i was just talking about. the government has a plan to move hundreds of thousands of people into tracks of land
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outside the port-au-prince metropolitan area. so these people who want to get out of this smaller village but we talked to them about if they knew government the government's plan to move them out. >> it does seem that there's much communication from the central government. you don't see political leaders out on the streets rallying people or talking to people. >> and the other key issue is the number of tents. where are these people going to be housed. how long is it going to take to build that even if they do stake out those tracts of land, and that is talking to aid people now is at least to get temporary shelters and temporary tents there. rather than these dusty sheets we see here. at the first sign of rain, this is going to be a very different picture. people are getting much more desperate as the days go by, not only for food and shelter, but we get the first rains on top of that, it could be a very
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different picture. >> there's a lot of concern about rain, a lot of houses are perched on hillsides that have been denuded of any kind of shrubbery to keep things from sliding. so if rain comes there's fears there's going to be a lot of worse situations, and certainly for the people in the camps, it's going to be miserable. >> there's question about sanitation in these camps. they're going to be wading through mud, it would be a nightmare. >> in terms of water, what have you guys seen? most people do not have access to clean or fresh drinking water unless it's either handed out or in sort of these large pumps that have been set up by aid groups? >> i may spin into a different direction. i did look into the direction of trying to get power back, to turn the lights back in this town yesterday. we did see municipal workers out who have been out for more than a week trying to get the substations working.
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it's predicted that in about eight days they could get power going again. that's a big step forward, because the city is dark right now. the city's initial electric power stations were so bad and poorly neglected that they could only provide about eight hours of power a day to any given neighborhood in this city. >> i have been watching, carl penhall, gary tuchman, appreciate it. >> his school was destroyed, but he remains committed to helping others. dr. sanjay gupta talks to this man in just a few minutes. 
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check out these images, what port ow prince looks like,
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haiti's medical system was overwhelmed. the quake destroyed all the medical schools in port-au-prince, stranding students midway through their studies. dr. sanjay gupta looked into that problem. >> so you would have been in class that day, but you weren't. if you had been in class, i think everybody probably would have died. >> yes, yes. >> but they very much lived and now they have all the vitality of youth. ricardo and paul roberts. they have matching bags, inseparable. >> the way it works is you go to primary school, then you go to secondary school and the very best students of all go to medical student for seven years. paul roberts was in his fifth year. he was this close to being the first person in his family to ever become a doctor when this all happened. >> that's where you used to sit? >> yes. >> right over there. >> on the other side. >> when you look at your school now, what are you going to do?
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what is your plan? >> when i see my medical school cut up, it's a bad thing for us. >> what kind of doctor do you want to be? >> i want to be an internist. >> he would be one of 2,000 doctors in the entire county trough i nine million people. >> many would look at paul robert and say he's lucky, his mother survived the earth quake, his siblings as well. now his future hangs in the balance. what will you do, what are will you do next year? what are you going to do the year after that? >> first of all i will spend some of my time to search about what can i do for the country. >> so you're saying many of the medical schools here in haiti are destroyed or broken? >> yes. >> so you may have to leave your country? >> maybe, i don't know. >> that's pretty bad news considering how poor the medical system was to begin with here in haiti. here's something that surprised me.
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even under typical circumstances, haiti only graduates 90 medical students a year, every single year, giving haiti one of the lowest physician to patient ratios anywhere in the world. and with this, obviously those numbers get a lot worse. but for the time being, there is a lot of cam passion here, doctors from all over the world came to help. >> what happens when they leave? >> if they leave, i think it will be very difficult for us. >> but what we know is eventually haiti's medical care and really haiti's future will fall squarely on the shoulders of these kids, kids like ricardo and paul robert. >> i knew it was under staffed for medical care, but what was it 2,000 doctors in a country of 9 million people? >> that's it, it's unbelievable. it's one of the lowest physician to patient ratios in the world.
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very few people finish secondary school as well. when so many of the country is impoverished are getting into trade labor and not finishing school. >> what about the doctors here, can they help ". >> there's a significant number of doctors who will leave haiti and train and come back. >> this these two general surgery twins actually went to france, they wanted to come back and live in haiti. but there's simply not enough doctors and what's happened here is that not only has the number of hospitals gone down, but the likelihood of creating a new generation of doctors here in haiti is very, very limited and i don't know how you solve that problem. >> you aren't going to have a new generation of doctors, but you have going to have a new generation of patients in need. >> demamd has gone way up, supply has gone way down. if the international aid can make some sort of commitment. there is a venting of compassion
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right now. people will stick around for the next month or so. but because of what we're talking about, that need is going to be here for a very long time. still ahead, we have some good news about monley after he was rescued after eight days. and louisiana senator mary landrieu's office was targeted by a conservative two accomplices. (announcer) you need a sinus medicine ooohhh... that rescues you from all three symptoms introducing new sudafed pe® triple action™. for more complete relief from the sinus triple threat. get more complete relief. with new sudafed pe® triple action™. also find sudafed® behind the counter.
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walks into the office of united states senator mary landrieu in a federal building in new orleans says he's waiting for someone to show up and then he takes out a cell phone and starts taking pictures when two other guys walk in. the two other guys are in outfits and hard hats, they looked like they were ready to go down in manholes, then they start checking out the office phone desk, they claim they've got to do some repairs, one things leads to the next, a building staffer asks them for credentials. a total of four guys end up getting arrested. one of them is james o'keefe, he's believed to be the same james o'keefe in those controversial videos where he dressed up like a pimp and embarrassed the a.c.o.r.n. community operation, went looking for advice and got it,
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we all remember that, anderson. >> do we know what the motivation was behind this? why senator landrieu? >> it's not clear, i don't think there's anybody that believes that the result was going to be flattering to senator landrieu. she did put out a statement tonight and said it's very unusual, somewhat unsettling for her and her staff, she said she is as interested as anybody else about learning their motives and purpose and she hopes it will become clear as the investigation goes forward. whatever the story is, anderson, these guys are in big trouble potentially. they're charged with entering a federal building under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony, and if convicted, they could get ten years in prison. >> before we let you go, the other big political story, obviously president obama's state of the union address. there's always address of hoopla
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about state of the union address, but nobody really remembers state of union addresses much longer than a day or two. >> it is a dramatic moment for this president. it's only been a year, his political opponents have been giving him absolute fits on that signature domestic issue, health care reform. you've got anger in the country, the congressional midterm elections on the way. he's going to try to sell a spending freeze, we know he's going to address jobs, the economy, health care, the question probably is how far is he going to show independent voters he feels their pain, if you will. because as you know, any time he moves toward the middle, the liberals just a little bit more impatient with him. >> joe, thank you very much. we have actually got a crowd of people actually walking down the street singing. we're not sure what it's about. it looks actually like sort of a religious procession. we actually see that a lot in port-au-prince these days, a lot
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of people publicly expressing their faith, a sign of hope, a sign of strength. we're seeing that right now. i'm not sure -- is this camera picking that up? anyway, just one of the many things you see throughout the day and night here in port-au-prince. coming up, is it a case of highway robbery? road signs promoting the stimulus plan, you're paying for them, but how does it create jobs. we're keeping them honest. and monley, saved from the rubble after eight days, what's ahead for him? we might have some ideas ahead. [ male announcer ] when you look closely
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president obama says that the stimulus plan is working. the jobs are being created, the economy is recovering. that's his promise, but is it true? he's expected to talk about the economic recovery in the state of the union address tomorrow nig night. ali joins us to talk about a couple government funded projects including one the government thinks makes no sense. >> when we can't understand why one of these stimulus projects got funded, we're in touch with the white house or vice president's office and on one of them. even they admit it doesn't make sense. 57,000 projects. here are the details right here. we pour through this at the cnn stimulus desk. every time we identify a project we're looking at, we put a mark on this map. the yellow marks are locations of projects that are under investigation, the green marks
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where we have resolution to the problem. let me tell you about two i told you about earlier in the hour. one is a $2 million grant to the southeast community capital corporation of nashville, tennessee. it's money that goes to small businesses having trouble raising money because of tightened credit markets. they say they've received $8.7 million in requests, they've committed 500,000 of the 2 million promised. the money goes to help small businesses. a nurse practitioner with a one-room clinic in the small town of loudon, tennessee is looking to expand pause she has more patients coming. she was turned down for a loan by the bank, but she's getting a loan through this stimulus grant, and she's got two additional exam rooms and two part-time nurses assistants. he here's the other one. this one is trickier. that's a picnic table.
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this is a story of $110,000 in stimulus grant money, the army corps of engineers buying picnic tables from r.j. thomas. r.j. thomas said they've been selling picnic tables to the army corps of engineers for years. the difference here is that they used stimulus dollars to buy coated picnic tables in illinois, aluminum picnic tables in missouri, wooden tables in washington state and trash reaccept tackles and grills in ohio. they say this purchase was not in line with the high standards that the administration has set for the stimulus bill. anderson. >> doesn't sound like it. credit for small businesses, you know, you can see how that would be use of public funds. the other project not so much. >> that's exactly what we found out. >> thanks. we found one stimulus project that may seem like a huge waste
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of money. it's on highway signs across the government that shamelessly promote the government recovery plan. it's that message. how does it fix the economy? randi kaye tonight is keeping them honest. >> reporter: we're on our way to see how ohio is spending your stimulus money. our tour guide is republican state senator tim grundell and he's seriously p.o..ed because of signs like this. the bigger signs cost up to $3,000, so ohio is using stimulus money to tell you how it's using your stimulus money. >> send a fruit basket if you want to say thank you. don't say thank you to washington for giving us back our tax money. >> reporter: he says ohio is spending 1 toll doll million on signs. they say this is all about transparency. taxpayers want to know how tax dollars are spent, and this is how they tell them. is there a better way? >> this is the message that it's
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being spent stupidly. >> reporter: why spend a million bucks on signage? keeping them honest we asked scott at the ohio department of transportation. if the federal highway administration doesn't require these signs but recommends them, why use them? >> the president made the commitment to have these symbols as part of stimulus-funded projects. >> they're not required? >> they're not required. >> reporter: and they cost money? >> what better way to let a taxpayer know where stimulus funds are invested. >> reporter: they say the $1 million price tack for signs is on the high end, but when we asked how much it cost, he didn't know. shouldn't there be an accounting or figuring out what this might cost as opposed to we don't know really know, there's no way to tell. >> it's not typical for any state department of transportation to have the exact costs on every single construction sign. >> reporter: the money for the signs amounts to about one-tenth of 1% of the ohio stimulus
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dollars for roadwork, but stimulus money was supposed to fund projects and not advertise them, and the obama administration promised stimulus would create jobs. >> all the way down. >> reporter: which brings us here to east lake, ohio. this man is the mayor, a democrat. he's also angry about the signs because for a bit more than the cost of the signs, they could have fixed this road. he says that would have created more than two dozen jobs. do you think those signs are a waste of money? >> yes, yes. we could have done internet or advertising in the newspapers and taken that million dollars. i think the problem is stimdz our politicians don't understand what a million dollars is. >> reporter: off interstate 77 in cleveland there's supposed to be a road paving project under way. we didn't find any paving yet, but we found a sign pointing out that your tax dollars will be paying for the project. it seems before they even start the work the priority is to get that sign in place.
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turns out most states are spending stimulus money on signs, which could cost taxpayers nationwide $3.8 million. but we called every state and found at least 16 states are skipping the signs and using the money for projects instead. >> at the end of the day as a public official we're accountable for 100 cents on the dollar. we shouldn't waste one penny or five pennies. we should use it where it will best benefit the taxpayers. >> that may not be the on the side of the road. now, the signs themselves aren't exactly a stimulus project, but they are, of course, using about $1 million stimulus money. how many jobs this created? turns out making the road signs and posting them on the road did not create any jobs at all. zero. that is according to the contractors we spoke with. our tax dollars at work, anderson. >> all right. thanks. keeping them honest.
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with a $5.5 million resort town restoration project be use of aid? find out why one woman is grateful they're spending the money. look at the plan online and see what it reveals at cnn.com/stimulus or cnnmoney.com/stimulus. we have an update about a 5-year-old boy pulled from the rubble. his uncle rescued him last week. his parents perished in the quake. there's a picture of him and his dad. we learned tonight that his aunt wants to adopt him. she lives in florida and spoke to cnn earlier today. listen. >> i'm sad because of my loss, but i feel happy because i lost my aunt, my sisters, my brother, and my sister-in-law and i thought he was one of them, too. when i see them, i feel good because i see they're alive. i have him, and i feel good.

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